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It's August 3rd, 1952 and Quebec Central Railway G-2 Pacific 2588 has just brought Train 1, which originated in Newport, Vermont, to a halt in Thetford Mines.  The train and its afternoon counterpart, Train 6, were the only Quebec Central trains to use Palais Station in Quebec City; other trains dropped their passengers off in Lévis from where they were ferried across the St. Lawrence.  Between Sherbrooke and Quebec a Café Parlor car was part of the consist of Trains 1 and 6.  And it is obvious from the locomotive's gleaming exterior that shop crews took pride in their work. G-2 class 4-6-2 Pacific 2588 was built by parent Canadian Pacific in 1912, transferred to the Quebec Central in 1930, and was retired in 1959.
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Caption: It's August 3rd, 1952 and Quebec Central Railway G-2 Pacific 2588 has just brought Train 1, which originated in Newport, Vermont, to a halt in Thetford Mines. The train and its afternoon counterpart, Train 6, were the only Quebec Central trains to use Palais Station in Quebec City; other trains dropped their passengers off in Lévis from where they were ferried across the St. Lawrence. Between Sherbrooke and Quebec a Café Parlor car was part of the consist of Trains 1 and 6. And it is obvious from the locomotive's gleaming exterior that shop crews took pride in their work. G-2 class 4-6-2 Pacific 2588 was built by parent Canadian Pacific in 1912, transferred to the Quebec Central in 1930, and was retired in 1959.

Photographer:
Julian Bernard [23] (more) (contact)
Date: 08/03/1952 (search)
Railway: Quebec Central (search)
Reporting Marks: QC 2588 (search)
Train Symbol: QC 1 (search)
Subdivision/SNS: Thetford Mines - QC Valee Sub (search)
City/Town: Thetford Mines (search)
Province: Quebec (search)
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8 Comments
  1. A fantastic vignette Julian. One can smell the varnish it’s so clean… spit and polish at its finest.

  2. A rare color shot of those years of a rare train.

  3. This is an unbelievable image for its era. A real gem. I can bet an photo in the National Geographic didn’t look this good back in 1952. This shot almost more than any other I have seen on the site makes me yearn to have been trackside to watch this locomotive in operation. These is something special about Steam that very few of us get to experience.
    THANKS for being there and capturing this.

  4. Not only was I able to take this shot in Thetford Mines, in those days home to enormous asbestos mines, I rode the train from Sherbrooke to Quebec. This was near the end of a marathon journey involving 12 trains, most if not all steam-hauled, a CP ferry crossing of the Bay of Fundy and my first plane ride, Trans-Canada from Halifax to St. John’s. It blew the budget and all of my vacation time but the memories still linger, almost 64 years later.

  5. Fantastic. I’d be curious if you have notes on the train rides taken during this trip. that would be something… like what trains and from where to where, where did you make connections.. etc.

  6. The mines would explain the layer of dust on everything except the train.

  7. Wonderful! More please, Sir!

  8. The locomotive and cars reflect the pride most CPR employees had in their company 60 plus years ago. This is a splendid colour shot for 1952. Thank You for sharing.

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